The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: The Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Series, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 2/5

“Many things led to this day, for all of us. A forgotten son, a vengeful mother, a brother with a long shadow, a strange mutation. Together, they’ve written a tragedy.”

In this dystopian world, Mare is a Red, which means she will never access the riches and luxuries that the Silver elite possess. This presumption is quickly torn to shreds, however, when Mare learns that she may be more like a Silver than she once thought. When her power is unleashed, the Silvers do everything they can to hide Mare’s true identity or risk a Red uprising. Everything including forcing Mare to be engaged to a Silver Prince. Mare must play her part well and avoid attention, all while assisting the rebellion to bring down the Silvers once and for all. Playing a part gets much harder though, when love gets in the way.

“In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever smile again.”

The Red Queen is a four book series, so this review will discuss the entire series as a whole. To start, I just want to say that this series FRUSTRATED me. It started off so strong with the first book and then went straight down hill after that. By the middle of the second book, I was so bored that it took me over a week just to finish it. It is one of those series that could have been a standalone because all four books have the same conflict and characters throughout. I honestly wish I would have just stopped reading after the first book because it was such a waste of time to read the other three. 

“It’s our nature. We destroy. It’s the constant of our kind. No matter the color of blood, man will always fall.”

With that being said, there were some elements of The Red Queen series that I did enjoy. The underlying theme of the book is similar to other dystopian genres where there is an obvious separation between classes. In this series, the Silvers are the upper class since they have powers that allow them to control the Reds. The Reds are treated as servants and often regarded as little more than dirt. Victoria Aveyard did an adequate job displaying the difference between classes and the impact that power can have on even the most well-intended person.

Like I mentioned, I also really enjoyed the first book. There were numerous unexpected twists and I liked the love triangle that developed halfway through. Victoria Aveyard also did a great job with character development in the first book. It was clear that each character had their own personalities and back stories which made them all unique and likable. 

I personally would not recommend this series, however, other readers have enjoyed it so it is up to your own discretion!

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